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Resources for Faculty Teaching Online

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Faculty Workshops and Learning Opportunities

Register for free 30- or 90- minute workshops to learn more about the features of Desire2Learn. Gain skills in course design. Arrange for an individual or small group consultation. Complete the "Teaching Online Program" and earn a certificate of completion. Take "Teaching Online: The Next Level" and learn what it's like on the other side of the "desk." More.

Start of Semester Instructor Checklist

Get your quick and easy to-do list for summer! See what to do if you log into D2L and your course shells do not appear. Get section merges done before the new semester rush. Attend D2L workshops to refresh your skill set. Enroll other instructors and assistants into your courses. Import, copy, and build course content. Upload your syllabus. Add/Remove tools. Activate your course. More. (PDF)

Teaching Online Program (TOP)

Preparing Faculty for Online Teaching
Montana State Online is committed to providing faculty with support to successfully teach and deliver an online course, and is making available an introductory Teaching Online Program to help faculty prepare for that success.


Resources for Teaching with Technology

Technology-based tools and resources to help you improve and enhance your teaching. Learn more about course development, pedagogy, open courseware and learning objects, assessment and evaluation, copyright, research, and MSU policies. Includes readings, bibliographies, self-assessments, grading rubrics, guiding principles, and free digital course content.

Archive: Request for Ideas: Online Course and Program Development 2013

Deadline was May 10, 2013.

Provost Potvin is again requesting ideas for online certificates, degree programs and courses, including the conversion of face-to-face courses to an online format. New online programs are intended to reach new, non-traditional students or previously under-served populations; while development of online courses will meet campus students' needs for flexible scheduling options with quality online learning. See the Request for Ideas (RFI).

D2L Instructor Tools

Help with Accessibility, Attendance, Binder, Book Management, Calendar, Chat, Checklist, Classlist, Competencies, Content, Course Administration, Course Builder, Course Design Accelerator, Discussions, Dropbox, Email, and more.



Excellence in Online Teaching Award

Brock LaMeres
Brock LaMeres, winner of the 2014 Excellence in Online Teaching Award.
The MSU Excellence in Online Teaching Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, mentoring of students, and service to online education. This award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or noncredit programs through inspirational online teaching. Candidates are nominated by online students and reviewed by the MSU Online Advisory Committee, including a student representative.

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